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10 tips to refresh your LinkedIn profile during the summer

Summer is the ideal time of the year to refresh our linkedIn profiles. We have more time to look at our professional timeline as a whole, more time to reflect on our strengths and skills and, least but but not last, there are plenty of opportunities for huge smiles and beautiful tans headshots 🙂

Before you take any of the steps covered in this article, I recommend you go into the privacy and settings menu of your LinkedIn account and set your “Sharing edit profile” to No.

I suggest you first pay some visits to the LI profiles of professionals in your field to see how their LinkedIn Profiles look.

  • Which ones are more appealing to you?
  • What is making a profile interesting to you?
  • What makes you click on one profile and not another one?
  • What do you find on others’ profile that is missing on yours?

Tip 1
Headline
By default, it is set to your last title, but you can customise it as you want. Pick a headline that is in relation with the role which you now target. Make sure you use wordings used by employers in Switzerland (check job ads title and use similar key words). You have up to 120 characters to express what is your professional identity about. Make the best usage out of them. If you are a freelancer or an entrepreneur, pick words that tell more about you and what you do, than “owner” “Founder” or “freelancer”.

Tip 2
Location
Make sure your location is set to Switzerland, otherwise you can’t expect recruiters and talent acquisition specialists to find you.

Tip 3
Industry
Pick the industry where you most would like to work, next rather than your current one.

Tip 4
Picture
Having a picture makes your profile 14 times more likely to be viewed by others. Use common sense to decide which picture to use. A few hints: good image, resolution, close portrait, recent, smiling, enthusiast, professional but nothing more than your usual dressing code in the type of job you target. If you are in a less “corporate” type of industry, you can allow yourself to a bit of fantasy. Cook dressed as a cook, sport marketer in a sport outfit, etc…

Tip 5
The Summary
2 crucial elements to take into account to write your summary:
Your audience: Who are they? (Head-hunters, sourcers, talent acquisition specialists, hiring managers, clients?) What are they looking for? What are they key criteria to look for a new colleague?
The algorithm: Think SEO, imagine you look for someone like you, which key words are you going to use in your search?
A few hints: Speak with “I”, use bullet points rather than long paragraph, list your know-how even if you have outlined them at other places of your profile, think USPs, think Value proposal, get inspiration from other LI profiles in your industry or functional area, add your contact details (email), if you are, add that you are available upon short notice, add media (e.g. CV in an infographic format)

Tip 6
Your contact and personal info
Provide your phone and email address, these will be only accessible to your connection.
If You would like your email details to be accessible to all, I recommend also adding them into your Summary.
Website URL
If you have your own website or blog or a URL link to your CV, this is the place to add it.
Chose “Other” in the Website URL type option of LI, this gives you the possibility to adjust the text with, as an example: “About me”.
Profile URL
Replace the ugly string of character by a clean URL as close to your first name Last name as possible, check and update your contact info if necessary.

Tip 7
Experience texts
Include all your experiences but focus on the experiences which are most relevant to the role you are now targeting by providing more details for those. Less relevant experiences should be kept short.

Tip 8
Education
Look for the official schools registration on LinkedIn so that you can join the school LI alumni.
For non-academic education: add a courses section (this is sub-section to the LI accomplishments section), you can leave the number section empty.

Tip 9
Languages
Do not forget your mother tongue!
Use Linked Pre-set category. Be consistent with your CV. Do not be shy, other won’t.

Tip 10
Skills and endorsement
An efficient way to update your skills is to take your CV, to highlight all the relevant key words, soft and hard skills and then to enter these words in the skills search window and pick the closest one provided by LinkedIn.
Organise your skills with the ones most relevant to your next career step, first.

Bonus Tip
LinkedIN Career interest feature
Activate the career interest functionality.

With these 11 tips, you have improved your LinkedIn branding, to go further and to use LinkedIn to market yourself, the job4U2 career coaches are competent professionals to help you set up a targeted and efficient LinkedIn activity strategy in relation to the career objective you want to reach.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you want to know more about the 4U2 programs method and content and please share this blog with your friends and networks!

Sandrine van den Oudenhoven
job4U2

About the author:
sandrinepicture_contactSandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes.

Swiss employers experience similar trends in partner and spouse relocation as most companies worldwide.

Partner reluctance to move due to career consideration is the most common reason for not accepting an international assignment.

Today, in almost all cases employees actively involve their partners in the discussion prior to accepting an assignment

The most common reason for a failed assignment, is an unhappy and unintegrated partner in the host location.

Most organizations recognize “partners” as eligible to dual-career support benefits whatever they are legally married, or unmarried, with a partner of the opposite or same sex.

The most frequently encountered objectives of Swiss organizations for their partner support policies are
• Increase Assignment Satisfaction
• Facilitate Assignment Acceptance
• Support Diversity and Equality

Globally, in 2017, 90% of employers offer some forms of support to the relocating partner .

More information about global trends:

Sandrine van den Oudenhoven
job4U2

About the author:
sandrinepicture_contactSandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes.

Why is it such a challenge to pitch and why is it also a challenge to give someone a feedback?

Job4U2, in collaboration with Gyrate, has recently organised a Pitch & Challenge Feedback on LinkedIn. An impressive number of people have been curious about it and have taken a first step to better understand what pitching and feedback were about.

Very few have dared to step in. Indeed Sharing a pitch on a Linkedin group, not knowing who will be reading it is not an easy step to take. It does indeed require stepping out of the comfort zone.

Why proposing this challenge then? Because we believe it is all about stepping out of the comfort zone.

Looking for a job in a foreign country where nobody else than yourself can back you up on your expertise and ability to create value for an employer, require stepping out of the comfort zone.

Starting a business or an independent activity, having to sell your products or your services and convince people to trust you, engaging them into a commercial relationship, is about stepping out of the comfort zone.

Working your way into an organisation and progressing within that organisation requires stepping out of the comfort zone. Obtaining the deserved recognition requires indeed stepping out of the comfort zone. If we want to progress in our professional life we need the courage  to step up and be ready for exposure and even seek exposure and feedback.

Providing feedback to someone can at first seem a bit scary. It feels personal, and on receiving feedback it gets even more personal. On the other hand, not being open to feedback is a missed opportunity to improve your skills and think of how your feedback can really move the needle in someone else’s life!

Providing feedback on another person’s pitch is a demanding exercise. It requires you to put yourself aside and disregard what the other person thinks or feels and focus on helping the other person improve. This level of abnegation is not easy to reach, but think of the impact your feedback can have on another person’s performance and professional future.  

For most of us, direct, transparent feedback does not come natural. This is part of the reason why I value so much what Gyrate represents. Their purpose is to introduce transparent feedback culture into organizations, giving team members the right set of tools to provide relatable feedback to each other that helps them improve performance and progress in their professional career.  

Realising where we set our own limits and becoming conscious about them is a major step towards gaining the ability to outperform them. Sometime we realise that something we found easy at first, when having to actually do it, is encountering inner resistance. A coach is a person who welcome these limits and who invite you to have the curiosity to go and approach them with benevolence and to find the motivation to outplace them.

Sandrine van den Oudenhoven
job4U2

About the author:
sandrinepicture_contactSandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes.

 

The 10 secret keys to unlock your potential and build a network from scratch in no time.

A definition for Networking that has been circulating some time ago in the media was “The unpleasant task of trading favors with strangers.”

In truth, this is exactly how networking feels at first for most people I work with as a career
coach.
Fortunately, they are efficient technics for building a network quickly and keys to make the process more comfortable and sometime, yes enjoyable.

Key 1: start by taking care of yourself by refilling your energy level. When reaching out to others, they intuitively caliber on your mood and energy level. If you shine, they’ll give you more back than if you don’t. Nurture your optimism and treat yourself kindly.

Key2: Fill your life with something that animate you: If you do not find your own life interesting, you could not expect other to be interested in it in return.

Key3: Understand what your values are, the ones preventing you to fully emerge yourself into the networking activities and the ones which could be used as resources.

 Key4: Identify the sabotaging voice whispering in your head and call it for what it is “your inner sabotaging voice” which may well be telling you something different than what the reality is really about.

Key5: Levering on your resource values, craft an empowering positive say annihilating the inner sabotaging voice, make it your mantra.

Key6: Research, follow, reach, watch out, be on top of things to know what is happening in your world.

Key7: find a networking mate or several of them and let people know where you are networking, you increase the chance to meet known
faces where you’ll be.

Top 8: Let go on the result, connect to the present and allow yourself to simply enjoy being there.

Key9: After each networking session, make it a routine to carry on a benevolent debriefing with yourself: what went well? What did you do
that make it go well? What could you have done even better?

Key10: Reach to a coach or a mentor to help you orchestrating the above tips.

Sandrine van den Oudenhoven

job4U2

About the author:
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Sandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes.

15 trendy jobs for the future- 3 criteria to find yours (part 2/5: IT & Digitalisation )

The jobs selected for this series of blogs are all occupations which demand will increase in the coming years.
4 categories will see the most important upwards trends: Healthcare and Personal Care / IT & Digitalisation / Environment Care / Education and Professional supports / Factory 4.0.

For each presented trendy job, we provide 3 criteria to help you assess if that is something for you:

  • Entrance efforts: How much learning efforts one would need to deploy to step in that new occupation field: low, mid, high.
  • Growth trend: Some sectors will grow faster and more intensively than others: low, mid, high.
  • Local Language requirements: Some occupations will have some global or regional reach and some others will be more local, implying different languages requirements: low, high.

In today’s blog, the focus is given to 3 jobs in the category IT and digitalization .
When available, we provide some further information about the way, in Switzerland, to  educate yourself for these professions.

IoT security

IOT Security experts prepare against cyberattacks on IoT networks, the threats and risks related to Internet of Things devices and services are manifold and they evolve rapidly. McKinsey Global Institute expects IoT’s economic impact to surpass $6 trillion in the next 9 years. No surprise that Cybersecurity professionals are already in great demand, and that will continue into the future, as attacks grow more sophisticated and technologies to fight them advance.

Entrance effort: high
Growth trend: high
Local Language requirement: low

Education: IoT Security experts master cyber security aspects and have an in-depth knowledge of all the elements involved in the IoT ( Data base, data analytics, user interface, connectivity, etc) . A background in computer Sciences is preferred and might be completed with a specialisation in Cybersecurity (ETZ offers a DAS and a CAS in Cyber Security) and courses on IoT (EPFL offers continuous education on IoT)

Computer vision engineers

Computer Vision is a key ingredient in developing great virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technology. Computer vision engineers apply machine learning and deep learning to computer vision problems. They conceive proof-of-concept prototypes that establish overall system performance, analyze and improve efficiency, scalability and stability of various deployed system. Demand for computer vision engineers has grown steadily since 2013. Considering that investments in AR and VR are expected to grow from $11.4 billion in 2017 to $215 billion in 2021, not to mention the expected rise of self-driving cars, the demand for computer vision engineers will accelerate in the coming years.

Entrance effort: high
Growth trend: high
Local Language requirement: low

Education: Master or PhD degree in Computer Science, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Robotics or related technical field. (See Swiss Universities EPFL, ETHZ , University of Bern)

App developer 

Undoubtedly, the app development industry is huge and will continue to grow with no end in sight. The demand mobile app development services grows faster and faster and has already exceed the internal IT organisations capacity. Mobile App developers are software developers who specialised in mobile technology such as building apps for Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS and Microsoft’s Windows Phone platforms. Job titles also include Android developers and iOS developers. Mobile app developers’ primary duty is to create, maintain and implement the source code to develop mobile apps and programs that meet the needs and requirements of the clients using the computer programming languages.

Entrance effort: mid
Growth trend: high
Local Language requirement: low

Education: B.S. or M.S in Computer Science and more importantly a good control of the different computer languages that can be used in application development ( Python, Java, PHP, C++, C#, Swift, QML, etc). A training and certification in most languages can be acquired through online courses. Proven experience using these languages will often been required.

In upcoming blogs you will discover jobs related to Environment Care, Education and Professional supports  and to Factory 4.0. Chapter 1 of this Trendy Jobs dossier was about trendy jobs in Healthcare and Personal Care and is already available here.

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Sandrine van den Oudenhoven
job4U2 About the author:

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Sandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes.